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‘My mission is not difficult because I feel at home’

Bulgarian ambassador talks peace-building, commerce

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AMMAN — Relationships between Bulgaria and Jordan relations are built on many shared interests and values, on mutual trust, and on the sincerity to push forward the peace process in the Middle East, according to s, ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria.اضافة اعلان

In a recent interview, Mihaylov told Jordan News that the bilateral relations between the two countries on almost all levels are consistently positive, and have expanded and deepened with time.  Though the COVID-19 pandemic slowed progress, still the ambassador hopes for more cooperation in the fields of transportation, investment, and tourism, among others, to further develop the relationship between the two countries. 

“So many Bulgarians fell in love with Jordan as if it is their own country,” Mihaylov said. “They are fascinated by the landscape, environment, culture, traditions, and many more, but mostly the Jordanians and their respective friendly attitude.

We are not that far-off, by the way; Bulgaria also has its own unique culture with an eastern style.”

He said that in 2018, the Bulgarian President Rumen Radev visited Jordan, joined by a group of businessmen in order to explore more cross-border opportunities. They held business-to-business meetings at Amman Chamber of Commerce, but “sadly” the COVID19 pandemic postponed all agreements.

The ambassador, studied Arabic Language and Literature at the Damascus University and has a PhD in Islamic history from Sofia University. He is fluent in speaking and writing Arabic. He expressed his admiration to the Arabic language and the opportunities he received “to penetrate into the wonderful world of the Arabic culture and conceive the world as a true Arab.”

On a personal note, the ambassador said that both his and his wife Nora’s favorite destinations in the Kingdom are Wadi Numaira, Maen Hot Springs, and the Wadi Mujib.

Politically, the diplomat believes that peace-building is important and achievable. He explained that Bulgaria was one of the European Union states that firmly supported the Palestinian State and the two-states-solution, and  participated in shaping the EU vision of the future Palestinian State based on a just and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The ambassador explained that in order to generate peace in the region as well as create a better future for generations in the region, the state of Palestine should gain its independent, sovereignty, and be able to live side by side in peace, security, and mutual recognition with Israel.

Before Jordan, Mihaylov served in the U.S, Washington DC as a director of North America department in MFA-Sofia, Libya, Kuwait, and Syria. He is also a writer, and authored two academic books.

Mihaylov described his role as “a mission and privilege that one should appreciate, but most of all, it is a message to the people and constant communication with them. And in Jordan, I truly feel that such a mission is not difficult since I feel am at home.”

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